11 December 2006

Pinochet Again

Yesterday, as I was posting about the dead dictator Augusto Pinochet, my mind went almost immediately to this image, made by photojournalist David Burnett inside the National Stadium in Santiago in September 1973. The armed forces used the Stadium to hold supporters of the deposed President Salvador Allende whom they'd rounded up in the days following the coup d'etat.

I first saw this photo in a much larger reproduction on pages 58-9 of the book UnderExposed edited by Colin Jacobson (Vision On/Index on Censorship, 2002). Burnett captures the young man in the center looking directly into the camera and the look in his eyes is arresting. Unfortunately, this does not come across in this smaller reproduction which is the only one I could find on the web. But the image raises obvious questions. Did this man end up among the "disappeared?" Did he end up among the tortured or imprisoned or exiled?

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